A Little About Us
Born to be Beautiful Mumbai India copyright Vanessa Champion
For every one woman in the world who has the right to vote, education, health care, work, and personal freedom, there are four women who have no rights whatsoever. We firmly believe that, with our rights and endless opportunities, comes a chance to help others. We cannot all lobby parliament or work in government to change laws, but we can all do something. We can all reach out our hand and do one small act to change someone’s life; we can help them find their voice and achieve personal freedom.
At Born to be Beautiful, we teach vocational beauty therapy skills to those caught in the trap of extreme and very often generational poverty. The causes of poverty can be complex and depending upon where in the world it can be because of government corruption; gender inequalities; the effects of war or sickness; poor access to education.
Extreme poverty is defined by the UN as “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services. The women we train have very limited access to vocational education.
Born to be Beautiful began when we were invited to share our skills and teach some young women who lived in the slums of India; they had no formal education whatsoever and the choices open to them to survive were limited to begging and prostitution. From the first day we have worked with partner charities who identify potential students who they believe will get the best out of the vocational education we provide. Each of our courses is full time for 10 days ensuring the girls are proficient and have passed the exams we set. At the end of the training, the successful women are presented with a uniform, a starter kit and a certificate. Combined with the local charity who invited us we go on to support our students as they find work or set up their own businesses.
We are just a part in the puzzle of life, doing what we can to try and alleviate the suffering of one other person on our planet.
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Our butterfly represents the delicacy and the fragility of life, reminding us of the individual beauty each person is born with, and telling of the inward journey we all make.
The barbed wire stands for the way the hook of poverty entraps and destroys people. Some of our students have been trafficked, sold as a slave, captured and forced to become a child soldier, abused as an act of war and infected with HIV.
Imagine a beautiful butterfly caught on a piece of barbed wire. The barbs would tear into the fragile Lepidoptera layers that make up its wings. The logo shows the fragile beauty and delicacy of the Butterflys wings hooked on the wire that illustrates the brutal harshness that colour some peoples lives.
Each colour of our logo represents various parts of the charity personality.
Blue: is the colour of truth. It suggests loyalty, integrity, and responsibility. It is sincere, reserved and peaceful.
Pink: is unconventional, romantic, compassionate, understanding and nurturing. It stands for sweetness and innocence, it is feminine and intuitive.
Grey: is impartial, neither black or white – it takes the middle ground and has a steadying effect on the other colours around it. Grey creates a sense of calm and composure and relief from the chaotic world.
Born to be Beautiful champions women.
Our goal is to create long term stability and empowerment for the women we teach and to give them a life long skill they can build upon. Looking ahead we have plans to teach further beauty skills, facials, bridal make-up and train the trainer. In our future we will build on our partnerships and look at ways to grow new relationships with local social enterprises and to create long term sustainability.